This kind of group singing is not uncommon among older Koreans. It’s a solidarity thing and not a performance thing. Since we’re on a sad song kick, here is a rendition of Arrirang I remembered seeing in Jong Soo-Il’s movie about dark solutions born of despair, A girl of black soil.
I really liked it a lot, so I downloaded it, clipped, and posted it for you. I’ve switched to dailymotion because Youtube cooperates with the Korean Real Name law and therefore I am NOT ALLOWED to upload any video.
Supposedly a young girl killed herself a few years ago due to unrelenting heckling and harassment by others, and so the government wanted to be able to trace all malicious postings to their source. But, of course, this is also a convenient excuse to curb citizen mobilization and media influence.
Thanks to the commenter Mark Z. below, I was able to post to Youtube by changing my location to worldwide. Yayy! Only the dailymotion upload turns out to be MUCH HIGHER QUALITY, and so here’s the link .
Another reason I like this video clip is it has turned Arrirang into a work song and a labor rights song. This country didn’t get rich by being fair to its workers…